Q: I just racked to secondary. I tasted and took SG. I would like to beef up the spice profile. Suggestions for adding spices to secondary or bottling bucket. Don’t want to over do it so I figured I’d ask the experts.
A: if more spices needed, you can steep spices in the secondary for about a week to improve that part of the flavor profile
Q: Hi just did a batch 3 days ago, it looks like it started out great however by today it has stopped bubbling. Should I wait the full 7 days ? Also would it benefit the brew if I racked to a secondary? I am using a fast fermenter that allows for this without to much hassle.
A: The batch would likely take about 7-10 days, for the most part, to ferment out but it would not be uncommon for it to take 14 in certain circumstances. In this case, the yeast likely got to work fermenting out a bulk of the sugars in the first 72 hours or so and are just on the downswing in finishing up their process. I would still give at minimum 7 days before taking a gravity reading and moving onto either a secondary or conditioning phase, or moving onto bottling once our hydrometer reading is close to the finished gravity recommended on the kit.
Q: Im extremely new to this whole thing. Why would there be a "no yeast required" option for the yeast?
A: This option is listed as some brewers prefer to use a yeast of their choosing vs on from the offered drop down menu we have to offer. This also gives the option to purchase yeast locally or to use a yeast collected from a previous batch to "repitch" or recycle the yeast
Q: Hello. I am interested in your Ginger Brown Spiced Ale and several other beers. Currently I brew beer using the Beerdroid from Brewart, which makes about 2.5 gallons of beer at a time. Normally I just add water, ingredients, and it handles the temperature through to kegging. I am not familiar with your beer making kits but I believe I could make two batches by brewing 1/2 at a time in my Beerdroid. Could you please explain your beer making process so I could determine how I could use your ingredients in my system? Thanks!
A: the extract, and hops shipped with this kit could potentially be halved to brew a 5 gallon recipe but as the grains ship, would have them mixed together with the idea in mind that you'll be making the full 5 gallons at a time. They could be split in half but would not have an exact ration since they are combined together in 1 bag. We can send over a copy of the recipe to review and order a la carte for smaller batched if needed by request at [email protected]
Q: how long is the gingerbread brown christmas spiced ale on sale. thank you
A: The holiday kit pricing typically runs through the turn of the new year when live on the site but is subject to change at any time, without notice from the sale pricing
Q: Of the several yeast options listed what is the one that best suits the flavor desired? One is a very neutral yeast, the others will impart a unique flavor.
A: Any of the yeast options would work fine for this batch. The dry yweast option is a more general english strain as there is not currently a scottish ale yeast available to us in a dry format. The malt profile on the batch will work out well with any of the options selected for the kit
Q: What is the base flavor profile of this beer? That is without the spices? If it's a clean brown ale - then I was considering switching out the spices for vanilla and peach.
A: The base beer is a solid brown ale that can have the spice addtions left out if preferred or modified to spices or addatives of your chosing on the base beer
Q: I'm wondering if it's possible to switch out the hops for another kind? I don't really like the ones in the kit.
A: The kit would ship with the hops provided, but another variety can be added into the order as a separate item to use for the recipe if needed
Q: Is it possible to split the ingredients to do a 2.5 gallon batch?
A: The kit as shipped and priced on the site is set for 5 gallons. We can provide a recipe sheet in an E-mail request of needed to order the ingredients a la cart for a 2.5 gallon batch, but would not be at the kit pricing
Q: What are the differences between this and the gingerbread grog brown ale kit? Are the flavors similar or if different what difference in flavor profiles?
A: They are very similar, the grog includes a little crystal malt, and is slightly higher in alcohol. Everything else on the recipe is exactly the same depending on what yeast you choose.
Q: The instructions say to add Gingerbread spices at the last 5 minutes of boil, and then at secondary fermentation. However I don't see two packages listed in the instructions. Are we splitting it, or which point would produce the best flavors?
A: sorry for the confusion here. The spices should go in during the last 5 minutes of the boil. You can add more spice if needed to the secondary to create a heavier flavor profile, but this would be an optional step and not included in the kit.
Q: How many ounces of gingerbread spice is in this recipe?
A: There are 20 grams of gingerbread spice in this recipe.
Q: How long will thus recipe take ?
A: 5 weeks from brewing to bottle conditioning 3 for bottling.
Q: Does this kit come with bottle caps and priming sugar?
A: This kit does not come with bottle caps or priming sugar, those would need to be added as options, along with yeast.